Tangible Results for People:
Envisioning the Eastern Partnership in 2020 and Beyond
Eastern Partnership Civil Society Conference 2017
9th Annual Assembly of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum
Venue: Radisson Blue Olympia,
Liivalaia 33, 10118 Tallinn, Estonia
24 October, Tuesday
11:00-18:00 Arrivals and registration of participants
17:00-18:00 Info session for new participants
18:00-20:00 Welcome reception. Presentation of the Civil Society initiative’s “Let’s Do It”. Networking fair.
Presentation of one of the largest Estonian Civil Society initiative’s “Let’s Do It”. Networking fair where EaP CSF members have their projects/experience showcased.
25 October, Wednesday
09:00-9:10 Introduction by organisers
09:10-09.50 Opening speech by the President of Estonia KERSTI KALJULAID
09:50-11:00 Panel in plenary: Government-civil society relations in the EaP: progressing towards partnership?
The panel will open up the development of different roles of civil society in Eastern Partnership countries and how these roles are, and could be better supported by government and/or EU accession policies. There is a need for tangible cooperation structures with civil society in order to support development of inclusive societies and democratic reforms. The Panel will discuss what is the criteria for mutually beneficial cooperation and assess how successful have EaP countries been in reaching these.
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-13:00 Parallel panels
- Prospects of regional and economic integration in the EaP countries
The Panel will focus on the role of civil society in supporting economic integration and regional development in EaP countries, including examples of efforts for fostering rural and women entrepreneurship, establishment of SMEs and involving women in business activities. Including, what preconditions are needed for activating local people, what do civil society organisations need to remodel their activities in order to work as social enterprises and how can governments support with infrastructure for activating communities in income generating activities.
- Media and disinformation in the EaP and the EU
The panel will focus on media quality, self-regulation and possibilities for confronting disinformation when shaping public opinion and fostering deliberation. Also media literacy, propaganda, as well as the role and support for citizen media.
- Digital tools for democratic governance
The Panel will focus on examples how digital tools could be used for involving communities and civil society organisations in decision-making, deliberation of ideas for better policies. It will cover the benefits and setbacks countries have faced when using digital participatory tools, including participatory budgeting, citizen engagement portals and online services.
- Taking government-civil society relations forward
The panel will focus on cooperation models and involvement practices: which have been successful in EaP countries, how to overcome obstacles for regular and beneficial dialogue between the public sector and civil society, how to build legitimate networks and coalitions for partnering with governments.
14:00-15:30 Parallel Working Groups (WGs) meetings
WG1 – Gender and Gender Action Plan
- Capacity development for gender subgroups of National Platforms in Armenia, Georgia, Belarus and Ukraine
WG2 – SMEs:
- Enhancing role of civil society and SMEs from EaP in implementation of European standards
- Benefitting from EU open market: SMEs practical guide to DCFTA learning from experience of Latvia
WG3 – Energy and waste management:
- Energy Watchdog Coalition
- Smart waste management in the EaP countries
WG4 – Youth empowerment
- Everybody counts: Rural youth empowerment in the EaP countries
WG5 – Labour migration
- Impact of social dialogue on the optimization of labour migration in Moldova, Belarus and Ukraine
15:30-16:00 Election of WG Coordinators (only for the EaP CSF members)
16:00-18:00 Continuation - Working Groups (WGs) meetings or meetings in sub-groups
Developing the annual action plan for 2018 and discussing the 2020 EaP deliverables
18:30-21:00 Dinner and networking
26 October, Thursday
09:00-09:05 Order of the day
09:05-09:45 Introduction by organisers and Pavel Sheremet award
09:45-10:00 Adoption of the Civil Society Declaration to the EaP Summit
10:00-11:30 High-level panel - Civil society expectations from the EaP Summit and EaP deliverables by 2020
11.30-12.30 Keynote speech by JOHANNES HAHN, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations possibly followed by Q&A
13:30-15:00 Parallel stakeholders’ meetings
WG1: Rule of law as a path towards bringing the Eastern Partnership closer to the EU
WG2: Development and support for SMEs in the EaP countries
WG3: Luxembourg declaration and Action Plan
WG4: Youth Mobility/Culture
15:00-15:30 Coffee break
15:30-17:00 Parallel stakeholders’ meetings
17:00-17:30 Election of country coordinators
17.30-18.00 Coffee break
18:00-18:30 Award ceremony: best re-granting project
18:30-19:00 EU Coordinators’ elections
19:00-20:00 Informal side events organised by participants
- EaP Index side event
27 October, Friday
9:00-10:30 Plenary session
Short presentation of the report on the EaP CSF activities in 2017; discussion and adoption of the new EaP CSF strategy.
10:30-11:00 Closing remarks
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11.30 – 13.30 CSO2CSO networking
EaP CSOs meet with Estonian NGOs in different locations for get-to-know informal gatherings, where Estonian NGOs would make brief presentation of their activities. The groups can be divided according to WGs and subgroups. Topics could include: governance, environment protection, development cooperation, protection of vulnerable groups, public service provision.
Afternoon ‒ departures